Deutsche Bahn Umweltbericht

For the first time DB has produced a brochure covering its environmental policy and data. Illustrated with colour photographs and graphics, it covers everything from power stations to WC effluents. Useful graphs indicate, among others, DB’s energy consumption and how it compares (very favourably) with road and air. Excellent reproduction belies the use of 50% recycled paper.

Deutsche Bahn AG, Bahn-Umwelt-Zentrum, Ruschestra§e 59, D-10365 Berlin, Germany.


The Modern Station, by Brian Edwards

The recent trend towards railway stations with slim pillars supporting a mass of glass, with sweeping curves or unusual shapes, is confirmed in this interesting and well illustrated hardback book. Design and technical issues are discussed, and pictures and drawings are included for stations in many countries. There are concise case studies on international, airport and inner-city stations including Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Lille Europe, Lyon Satolas, London Waterloo International, Zürich Stadelhofen and Bilbao’s new Abando station. Metros are included, down to the need to pinpoint underground stations with eye-catching street furniture.

ú40·00 from E & F N Spon, Cheriton House, North Way, Andover, Hampshire SP105BE, Great Britain.

Fax: +44 1264 342787

Nahverkehrs-Taschenbuch 1997

The 1997 edition of this useful directory is split into three volumes as before. Freight, previously separate in Vol 3, is combined with passenger. Vol 1 now contains separate sections covering freight and passenger operators, Deutsche Bahn, associations and educational establishments. Vol 2 is dedicated to manufacturers and suppliers, and Vol 3 is a personnel directory with over 6000 names.

DM118 from Alba Fachverlag, Postfach 11 01 50, D-40501 Düsseldorf, Germany.

Fax: +49 211 520 1358

Australia and New Zealand by Rail, by Dr Colin Taylor

This guide is an invaluable introduction to rail travel in the region - this third edition is the first to include New Zealand. The 214 page paperback contains a mass of details on passes, fares and timetables, plus hints on what to see and where to stay. Suggested itineraries are peppered with comments and anecdotes to make an enjoyable read. Given the current upheaval of Australia’s railways, visitors would do well to heed the author’s advice and double-check schedules before attempting to travel.

ú10·95 from Bradt Publications, 41 Nortoft Road, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 0LA, Great Britain.

Fax: +44 1494 873478